INFORMATION, YOUTH WORK AND WEB 2.0

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Nowadays internet plays a key role in our lives so it is possible to say that the online and the offline environments are highly intertwined. Specifically, young people use the internet for entertainment, socializing and gaining information. It has been observed that young people usually seek for two kind of information, one of them is different types of opportunities in education, employment and training and the other one is “answers” to several types of questions related to psychology, health and sexuality. For instance, young teenagers may look for information about sexually transmitted diseases or how to terminate an unexpected pregnancy, since they feel uneasy to discuss these topics with their peers, parents or school counselors.

Due to the development of web 2.0 applications each one of us can produce and consume information simultaneously. As a result, it gets harder to assess the validity of information found on the internet. In my opinion, the youth information infrastructures in Europe (Eurodesk, ERYICA, Youth Information Centers etc.) and the youth organizations have a really important role in providing high quality information to young people. It is also important to enforce the already existing cooperation between youth information infrastructures and youth organizations.

Moreover, the provision of high quality information is correlated with the active participation of young people online and offline. First, they know that their opinion can be heard and thus contribute to the development of youth policies. Secondly, they become aware of different forms of active participation, especially the structured dialogue and finally young people become strong actors on decision making processes. Cyber bullying is definitely a barrier of the online active participation of the young people; as a result, EU and youth stakeholders should cooperate in the development of infrastructures in the field of online hate speech.

It is obvious that web 2.0 gives us unlimited possibilities to educate young people about several social issues, motivate them to participate online and inform them about opportunities around the world. Personally, I believe that all kind of youth infrastructures should cooperate in order to provide young people with high quality information.

Maria Strati
NM Journalist, YEU International

The article was published on “YEU INTERNATIONAL NEWSMAIL SEPTEMBER 2013”.

Newsletter of the Eurodesk Cyprus: Cyprus EU Youth Conference

The EU Youth Conference of the Cyprus Presidency held in Nicosia, Cyprus on 11-12-13 of September 2012. The topic of the conference was the “Youth Participation and the Social Inclusion of young people with migrant background”. The conference  broadcasted in the European Youth Portal.

The Eurodesk Cyprus participated actively in the conference by disseminating the updates in the social networks and by collecting testimonies of youth delegates.Furthermore, the Eurodesk Cyprus prepared a bilingual interactive newsletter dedicated to the EU Youth Conference.

The topics of the newsletter are:

 

  • Cyprus Presidency: “European Youth Conference”.
  • Interview: Mohamed Yassine Ennaem: A young person with migrant background who lives in Cyprus.
  • Youth delegates and volunteers share their experience.
  • Joint Recommendations of youth delegates and Directors-General for Youth.

The newsletter is available HERE.

Useful links:

EU Youth Conference of the Cyprus Presidency: “Youth Participation and Social Inclusion”

The EU Youth Conference is a part of the Structured Dialogue procedure that was established  by the Council of the European Union to engage the youth in the decision process. Young people may shape the EU policy on topics that directly affect them through public consultations in each member state and the EU Youth Conference. Each TRIO Presidency sets an overall theme  and then each presidency sets its own priority. The main theme of the 18 month TRIO Poland, Denmark, Cyprus was youth participation in democratic life in Europe. The priority of the Cyprus Presidency was the “Youth Participation and Social Inclusion”. The EU Youth Conference took place in Nicosia on 11-12-13 of September. During the conference of the youth delegates and Directors General of EU Member States discussed how youth participation leads to the social inclusion of all young people, with emphasis on the inclusion of young people with a migrant background and the importance of the participation of young people and youth organizations, especially in decision making for the creation of inclusive, democratic and prosperous societies. The joint recommendations of the youth delegates and Directors General of EU Member States was based on the outcomes of the national consultations in each member state. Find more information in the official website of the Cyprus Presidency. Useful Links:

See also: Newsletter Eurodesk Cyprus April: “Structured Dialogue”

Newsletter Eurodesk Cyprus: Cyprus EU Presidency

The bilingual interactive newsletter of the Eurodesk Cyprus provides information about the Cyprus EU Presidency.

Topics:

  • Cyprus EU Presidency.
  • Council of the European Union.
  • Eurodesk Cyprus and Cyprus Presidency.
  • Cyprus Youth Council: “Becoming active with the Structured Dialogue”.
  • Campaigns “Information Right Now” and “Generation 1992”.
  • Events/ Competitions.
  • Videos and Useful Resources.

Find the newsletter HERE.

Published by Eurodesk Cyprus.

Visit also the official website of the Cyprus Presidency: http://www.cy2012.eu

Eurodesk Cyprus: Newsletter May- Environment

The Eurodesk Cyprus promotes the sustainability through an interactive bilingual newsletter. The environment is one of the most important topics in the European agenda and also one of the Millennium  Development Goals of the United Nations.

Topics:

  • Envrironment and EU.
  • Interview: Charalampos Theopemptou, Cyprus Commissioner for the Environment.
  • Events- Seminars- Workshops.
  • Good Practices at a local level.

Special thanks to Mr Charalambos Theopemtou.

Find the newsletter HERE.

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Mariepaz had an interesting conversation with Mr Charalampos Theopemptou, the Cyprus Commissioner for the Environment.

Influence the EU Youth Policy:Structured Dialogue

The Eurodesk Cyprus presents the structure dialogue process through an interactive newsletter with useful information, videos, images, resources,useful links and interviews.
They are also included the Guiding Questions of the Cyprus Presidency.
So!!!Get involved and influence the EU Youth Policy.

The newsletter is available HERE.
The videos from the workshops from the second phase of the Structured Dialogue cycle on “Youth Participation in Democratic Life in Europe” in Sorø, Denmark on 18-21 March, are available in the European Youth Portal.

The theme of the Cyprus presidency is “Participation and Social Inclusion”, regarding the certain topics the Eurodesk Cyprus published a newsletter about the Social Inclusion and a newsletter about the Youth Participation.

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Eurodesk Cyprus:Youth on the Move initiative

The interactive bilingual newsletter of the Eurodesk Cyprus for the month March is dedicated to the European campaign “Youth on the Move”.
The “Youth on the Move” is a campaign that promotes the working,training and studying mobility in Europe.
The operator of the Eurodesk Cyprus,collected some testimonies from youngsters who participated in European Commission’s programmes.
There are also useful information and resources about Mobility opportunities in Europe,Comenius,EVS,Erasmus,Youth Exchanges,Erasmus Mundus and Leonardo da Vinci.

You may find the newsletter HERE

For Mariepaz it was a really intensive experience since she had the opportunity to talk with beneficiaries of European Commission’s programmes.

Eurodesk Cyprus-Newsletter February:Youth Participation

The interactive bilingual newsletter of the Eurodesk Cyprus for the month February is dedicated to the youth participation,one of the eight fields of the EU Youth Strategy.The youth participation is an important component regarding the further development of the civil society.

The topics are:

  • Active Participation and EU
  • Interview from the president of the “Cyprus Children’s Parliament”
  • Youth on the Move Event
  • Opportunities in Europe
  • Good Practices at a local level
  • Toolkits for youth workers and trainers
  • Contact Information

You may find the newsletter online here

During the interview the president of the Cyprus Children’s Parliament told to Mariepaz:“If the children have their own voice they can do a lot”

Published by edited the Eurodesk Cyprus

Find the newsletter online HERE

Short Note:The Institution of the Commissioner for the Children’s Rights was launched after a “claim” of the Children’s Parliament and of the Pancyprian Coordinating Committee for the Protection and Welfare of Children.

Pancyprian Coordinating Committee for the Protection and Welfare of Children

Eurodesk Cyprus-Newsletter January: Social Inclusion

The interactive bilingual newsletter of the Eurodesk Cyprus for the month January is special dedicated to the social inclusion,one of the eight fields of the EU Youth Strategy.

The topics are:

  • Social Inclusion and EU
  • School for the Blinds “Saint Barnabas”,interview from the Headmaster
  • Opportunities in Europe
  • Good Practices at a local level
  • Toolkits for youth workers and trainers
  • Contact Information

You may find the newsletter online here

After the interview from the headmaster I have another one moto: Disability is an Ability, Mariepaz

Published by edited the Eurodesk Cyprus